Introduction: Osteoporosis and its consequent fractures is a major public health problem.
Aim: To formulate a position statement on the use of bone densitometry in screening postmenopausal women for osteoporosis and in their management.
Materials and methods: Literature review and consensus of expert opinion.
Results and conclusions: Bone densitometry has an important role in screening postmenopausal women for osteoporosis. For higher sensitivity and specificity, there may be a stronger case for screening in later life, depending on the extent to which risk factors add to the value of bone mineral density tests.
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